Simon Shepherd (Wikipedia)
Simon Shepherd is an English actor best known to TV audiences from many appearances, including as Dr Will Preston in five series of ITV‘s Peak Practice and Doctor Jonathan Barling in Casualty in Five Days.
Shepherd was born in Bristol. He went to school at Clifton College in Bristol and was a contemporary of the director Roger Michell in Brown’s House. He subsequently attended Manchester Metropolitan University and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was a member of the National Youth Theatre.
Simon Shepherd was regularly mentioned in the BBC comedy Gimme Gimme Gimme as Tom’s crush and appeared as himself in an episode of each series.
On 16 February 2011 Simon Shepherd guest-starred in the 200th episode of the BBC TV Drama Doctors.
He played the role of Sir Norman Cavendish in the play The Duck House by Dan Patterson and Colin Swash,[ starring alongside Ben Miller and Diana Vickers. The show is a political farce based on the UK parliamentary expenses scandal of 2009 and played a five-week tour in October 2013 before transferring to London‘s Vaudeville Theatre through spring 2014.
On 25 March 2017 he starred in BBC1’s Casualty as Dr. Jonathan Barling in the episode ‘Five Days.’ He reprised the role on 2nd August 2018.
He married the costume designer Alexandra Byrne in 1980 and they have four children. Shepherd supports several charities, especially those involving the well-being of children (Barnardo’s, Tearfund BOPS and Save the Children).